Although he was just one of many who put in solid displays, Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson was particularly pleased to see new American midfield man Ian Harkes settle into the side so quickly.
The 23-year-old, recently signed from MLS outfit DC United on a two-year deal, came off the bench to make his debut in United’s 4-0 Scottish Cup fourth-round win over Montrose on Saturday.
First-half goals from Pavol Safranko and Callum Booth were followed by late strikes from fellow-sub King and finally Harkes in added time at Links Park.
United, who will take on St Mirren in Paisley in the next round come the weekend of February 9/10, were comfortable winners on the day.
And boss Robbie admits he was happy to see Harkes slotting so easily into a winning team.
“Ian’s coming in from a totally different culture, different league, so to come in and settle in as quickly as that was great for him,” he said.
“Coming in to a winning team and scoring a goal will help him settle in and you saw when he scored the goal all the players were round about him.
“You’ve got to remember he’s a young lad coming from a different culture, a long way from home and he’ll take a bit of time to settle but I think Saturday will definitely help him.”
Robbie added: “I was pleased, I thought we were quite professional.
“Obviously, getting the goal early definitely helps, it settles the nerves a wee bit and then we get the second one.
“I thought Montrose worked extremely hard and made it very difficult for us.
“We were a wee bit slack at times as well and rode our luck a bit but it was pleasing, 4-0 away from home in the cup is a great result for us.
“I think the first goal settles the nerves a wee bit and we played some good football in the first half.
“In the second half probably not as much but then as the game started to open up after 60 minutes we made a few changes and you get a wee bit of energy and they kill the game for you.”
Meanwhile, Montrose manager Stewart Petrie admitted the better team won but the match itself was a great occasion for the club.
He said: “The quality won on the day, it’s a simple as that, they’re the better team – faster, slicker and they move the ball really well.
“Our big game is this weekend, Dumbarton away, that’s a big game for us.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s great for the town and the directors. Over 3,600 in the stadium is magnificent.”